Senior Scientist and Lecturer
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Mental health; substance abuse; behavioral health/general medical interface; incentives to shape health behaviors; quality of care; workplace health programs including employee assistance programs; wellness and preventive services; older adults; psychotropic medication utilization
A senior scientist in the Institute for Behavioral Health, Dr. Merrick has 20 years of experience conducting health services research. She is a clinical social worker with a Ph.D. in social policy. Her research includes a focus on mental health and substance abuse services, and the intersection between general medical and behavioral health issues. She is interested in wellness, preventive services, and workplace health programs in addition to standard treatment settings. Cross-cutting areas of study include treatment access and quality, incentives to shape health behaviors,performance measurement, adherence, consumer perspectives, and organizational and financing impacts on service delivery. Dr. Merrick has extensive experience in the analysis of large administrative databases as well as survey development and analysis. She has had leadership roles on numerous studies funded by NIH, CMS and foundations. Recent projects have examined access to behavioral health treatment including through employee assistance programs; customization of pharmacotherapy for depression treatment; contingency management for substance use disorders in primary care; recovery support navigation as a strategy for reducing detoxification readmissions; incentivizing breast cancer screening; and alcohol use among older adults with chronic conditions.
Brandeis University, Ph.D.
Smith College, M.S.W.
Tufts University, B.A.
Awards and Honors
"Excellence In Mental Health Policy and Economics Research Award for 2009/2010" for paper by Hodgkin D, Merrick EL, Hiatt D, Horgan CM, McGuire TG. Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics 13. (2010): 167-174.. (2011)
Editorial board member, Addiction Science and Clinical Practice (2011)
Employee Assistance Research Foundation Board of Directors (2010 - ); Grants Committee Chair (2011- ) (2010)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Health Services and Behavioral Research Review Committee (2006-2008); Epidemiology, Prevention and Behavior Research Review Committee (2008-2010) (2006)
National Institute of Mental Health Pre-Doctoral Trainee (National Research Service Award) (1993)
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